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Government policy should as far as possible liberate the market to continue the success story of private ownership of radio spectrum and fixed infrastructure, instead of interposing well-intended but misguided interventions to correct perceived high pricing or underservicing. Such interventions can only be counterproductive, and should be resisted. A look at our telecommunications policy history explains why.

During the negotiations for a new dispensation in SA, it was recognised that telecommunications policy would be of major importance to a developing economy. Even before the 1994 elections several potential models were considered, but it was soon clear that the government was intent on maintaining a tight grip on what it saw as a strategic sector of the economy...

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